GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits Aiken

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AIKEN — “There’s nothing I like more than coming to Aiken,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as she introduced GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to a standing-room-only crowd Friday afternoon.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at the University of South Carolina Aiken.   ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Haley praised the former Massachusetts governor for his tough stance against unions, his belief in the core values America was founded upon and his experience balancing his state’s budget during his term as its chief executive.

“All eyes are on South Carolina and I couldn’t be more proud,” she said. “We want someone who can defeat this current president, and President Romney is the only one who can.”

As the crowd at the University of South Carolina Aiken intramural gymnasium chanted his name, Romney thanked the audience for its support and commitment to core conservative values. His administration, he said, would make difficult spending cuts and bring America back to the strong force for good it once was.

“I’m going to make cuts by asking is this program so critical that it’s worth borrowing from China to pay for,” he said. “We’re going to have to cut programs, and cut some we really like.”

Jack Devine hasn’t decided who will get his vote Jan. 21, but he said it’s between Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. He isn’t completely pleased with either, he said.

“Obviously, I’d like to find the perfect candidate but I don’t think he’s out there,” Devine said. “I’m getting closer to supporting Romney because I think it’s important to have a president who really understands business and the economy. That will be a big improvement.”

Romney touted his business experience and financial know-how, but he said his biggest priority is to encourage values such as innovation and creativity to not only boost the economy but also get back to why the country was originally founded.

“The success of innovators does not make the rest of us poorer, it makes us better off,” he said. “That’s what America is about, and we need to get back to that.”

USC Aiken sophomore Ashley Boyd said she hasn’t decided whom to support in the Jan. 21 primary but she’s concerned about the ideological direction of the country.

“I feel like the current administration is all just fighting against each other and that they don’t really care about us,” she said. “We need someone who will be a strong leader.”

Boyd said she wasn’t sure whether that leader will be Romney.

“I haven’t really heard much about what he stands for,” she said.

As a college student, Boyd said job creation and economic recovery are priorities for her. She wants to see the U.S. back as an economic leader, she said.

“I want someone who will create more jobs and make America great again,” she said.

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TK3 01/13/12 - 02:24 pm
The only candidate running

The only candidate running who can restore America is Ron Paul but even if he actually wins will the GOP let him ?

Stacked house deck ;
It has been fairly easy for the establishment parties to fix the vote for who "they" pick (usually who paid for it) and they have handlers who have learned their skill/trade over the years/elections.

The person who you hand your paper ballot to (handler) knows who you vote for by feeling the hole you made (punched) on the ballot and nods to worker who knows who you are from signing you in who makes a mark or makes a body signal to another. The handler then tears off the ballot stub and turns it and places' it in a stack according-to your vote and puts the ballot in the box or hands the ballot back for you to do so.

The party pick then has not only the information on who has voted, or not, so they can check list and call or send someone for the missing voters but also how many voted for their candidate vs the others so they know how many solid voters they still need to get to polls to stay ahead or how many votes will need to be changed/punched more than once or be "challenged" or if too many votes seem against them, have those votes disappear after doors close or as ballots travel on way back to polling office.

The electronic voting system is by contrast easier to rig especially if it leaves no paper trail and the Parties own the machine/software maker as they do.
The only way to overcome the rigged system now is to overwhelm the polls with votes and real poll watchers, the voters themselves.

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." - Josef Stalin

"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government." — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist (#28)

TGrade1 01/13/12 - 03:31 pm
Well, Mitt has been there

Well, Mitt has been there before. Here's a short film you should watch:

Boston93 01/13/12 - 05:25 pm
I would think that anybody

I would think that anybody would know that the sign in sheet and the number of ballots should balance. If not, that precinct should re-vote and/or be removed from the total. Not complicated to me. But with so many trying to figure out how to attack the system, they will find a solution to make them match. The sign in sheet totals should not be given out to anyone until after the totals of the ballots are in. Anyone.

Pitchfork-Ben-Thurmond61 01/13/12 - 08:15 pm
John Kerry Jr I mean ol

John Kerry Jr I mean ol WIllard there can take him FRENCH talking self on back up there to TAXachusets as far as me and anyone I now belives. Since "Govenor" Nimrata Randhawa indorsed him she can join him to as far as were concerned. Its gonna be Perry/Palin 2012 anyways.

gps29070 01/13/12 - 11:48 pm
Ron Paul can't win, he'll

Ron Paul can't win, he'll never get the majority of the delegates. I like Romney but I can't stand Nikki Haley.

allhans 01/14/12 - 02:14 pm
I think Paul, Romney and

I think Paul, Romney and Haley are all good people. I have no problem with them. The only dangerous politician I see in the GOP is Newt Gingrich. Do not be fooled.

AGR354 01/14/12 - 07:30 pm
Ron Paul has no concept of

Ron Paul has no concept of the American Role in the World. No I don't support the United Nations, but if we become isolationist again watch out for 9-12 or 3-4 because 9-11 will be the start of a series of attacks.

ken8375309 01/14/12 - 09:52 pm
Ron Paul in a non

Ron Paul in a non interventionist, not an isolationist.. He is a strong advocate of free trade, free travel and diplomacy, and a champion of the Constitution..


Isolationism is the policy or doctrine of isolating one's country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, foreign trade, international agreements, etc., seeking to devote the entire efforts of one's country to its own advancement and remain at peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities. Two other terms often confused with Isolationism are:

Non-interventionism – Says that political rulers should avoid entangling alliances with other nations and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial differences (self-defense). However, most non-interventionists are supporters of free trade, travel, and support certain international agreements, and therefore differ from isolationists.
Protectionism – Relates more often to economics, there should be legal barriers to control trade and cultural exchange with people in other states.

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